The number-one priority for planning your party should be planning the time and place of the event around your little one. For instance, I thought about nap times and when they were the happiest. My twins were still taking two naps a day and had their longest “awake & happy” time after their afternoon nap. We planned their party from 3-6 pm. This time also benefited us in thinking of the type of food we would be serving our guests and allowed us to do finger foods and appetizers, instead of a complete lunch or dinner.
3. Research Ideas…But Remain Realistic
In our area, we have a fabulous grocery store, Publix, that caters food for events. They had exactly what I was looking for in type and breadth of selection of menu. They even delivered within an hour of my party start time! Talk about easing stress! This was a no-brainer for me.
I discussed this earlier, but this was such a win-win for our celebration that I had to share again! Our bartender set the entire bar up (with all of the drinks and mixers I provided), kept all the guests’ drinks filled, constantly cleaned up empty drinks and trash throughout the party, and took down the bar and cleaned up after the party was over. You don’t have to hire a professional either. Save money by hiring a friend or college student for a few hours. You won’t be disappointed in the ease with which your setup, party, and cleanup goes!
You don’t have to hire some expensive, well-established photographer to get this done. I found a professional photographer who had just moved to town and was looking to expand her business, so her pricing was incredibly reasonable (and worth every penny and then some, considering we have over 200 amazing memories captured on film for a lifetime to enjoy and cherish). You can also designate a friend or family member to be the photographer for the event, thus saving money but still having the same stress-free result.
6. Present Opening
Do you open or not open gifts with guests present?
7. It’s Party Time